Highbury Square and Barnsbury Wood have been included in a list of the ’10 best secret gardens in London’.

Despite many not knowing of the garden’s existence, Highbury Square Gardens is a tranquil spot surrounded by luxury glass-fronted flats.  

Until 2006, Highbury Square was home to the Arsenal Stadium, and hosted Arsenal F.C for 93 years prior to the construction of the Emirates Stadium. Though part of the old stadium building remains, protected by its listed status, the area has since been turned into an apartment complex, and what used to be the football pitch has been transformed into a landscaped garden.  

Highbury Square Gardens is now a series of gardens characterised by gridded formal areas, water features, hedgerows and wild grass.  

Though residents and visitors might be more inclined to journey over to Highbury Fields or Stoke Newington’s Clissold Park, Highbury Square Gardens is a destination in its own right, and the perfect place to enjoy the summer weather. 

Meanwhile, Barnsbury Wood is celebrated as the ‘smallest local nature reserve in London’ and sits in the shadow of St Andrew’s Church. A charming woodland and haven for wildlife, Barnsbury Wood is only open on Tuesdays throughout the year and on Saturdays during the summer months. It is the ideal destination for tree or bird lovers, and anyone in search of a quiet spot in a central location in Islington.  

In addition to Highbury Square and Barnsbury Wood, The Phoenix Garden in Covent Garden and The Pergola in Hampstead Heath also made the list.  

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Evening Standard